This history page contains a photograph, which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages, which are part of several pages relating to the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators Limited, the company founded in 1917 by George Julius, to develop manufacture and export these systems.

The Carpenters Section in an ATL factory

Judging by the wooden flooring and ceiling, this does not look like the it belongs to the Automatic Totalisators Limited factory at Newtown, which had a corrugated iron roof, and is most likely to be at the following factory at Chalmers Street in the Sydney CBD.

The manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical computing machinery also required carpenters. Some of the ticket issuing machines had wooden parts. Peter Collier who was ATL's Chief Engineer in Victoria wrote about the ticket issuing machines All the old J6 J10 J8 were in wooden cases. Carpentry work was also required for the tote operator benches at the customer's premises. Additionally, some of the Julius Tote mainframes were enclosed inside wooden frames.

I have read that George Julius' engineering consulting company Julius Poole and Gibson, benefited from the business of Automatic Totalisators by winning contracts to build tote houses on the customers premises to house the totalisator systems that were sold. This would keep the carpenters busy. A reference to this exists in Computer Resurrection the bulletin of the Computer Conservation Society ISSN 0958 7403 issue number 7 by Charles Norrie titled George Alfred Julius and his Automatic Totalisator. Charles writes Anecdotal evidence from Julius' son Awdry, who was the one son to go into Julius Poole & Gibson, suggests that though the totalisator was a separate venture from Julius' engineering consultancy, the latter benefited from the orders for buildings at racecourses. Julius' firm's order book suggests also that this was so.

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The photographers stamp on this photograph reads Exchange Studios 49 Pitt St. Sydney WARD & FARRAN Proprietors